Our Future is Woven by Our Past: One of Maine’s Oldest Industries Honors the State’s Oldest Park
MONMOUTH, MAINE: One of Maine's greatest natural treasures, Acadia National Park, is celebrating its centennial this year, and Maine Heritage Weavers is excited to be a part of the celebration in the way they know best, a woven heirloom. Woven by their team of expert craftsmen and women, the newly released commemorative throw celebrates the beauty of Acadia in its design while also honoring the state's rich textile heritage in its quality.
“We’re very pleased to have Maine Heritage Weavers as an Acadia Centennial Partner,” said Stephanie Clement, Conservation Director for Friends of Acadia. “Their contribution through the sales of their commemorative throw will go directly to important park projects, such as maintenance of the trails and carriage roads. It’s a gift to help launch the park into its next century.”
Linda Cloutier, President of Maine Heritage Weavers, adds, “Given the history of both Acadia and our industry here in Maine, we believe this collaboration also perfectly embodies the Centennial’s tag line - “Celebrate our Past, Inspire our Future.” She continues, “We’re thrilled to be a part of the celebration and to be able to support park projects that will help preserve Acadia for future generations with one of Maine’s oldest crafts.”
Those wishing to purchase the Acadia National Park Centennial Throw can do so through Maine Heritage Weavers' retail partner, Bates Mill Store (www.batesmillstore.com). The throw is available for $59.99 with 10% of all proceeds being donated Friends of Acadia for park projects.
About Maine Heritage Weavers: Maine Heritage Weavers is a family-owned and -operated textile company that is proud to continue the weaving tradition of the historic Bates Manufacturing Company (est. 1850). Founded by former Bates President (Fred Lebel) and his daughter (Linda Cloutier) in 2002, this team of veteran Bates craftsmen and women use the same equipment to weave superior quality bedspreads, blankets, and accessories for the home as taught to them by their parents and grandparents.
About Friends of Acadia: Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.
About The Acadia Centennial Partners: Acadia Centennial Partners are at the heart Acadia’s Centennial celebration: More than 400 organizations, businesses, and individuals from Acadia’s surrounding communities and beyond that have joined together to create a community-based and world-welcoming celebration. ￼￼